Postgraduate Researcher Workshops

The Graduate School provides a comprehensive programme of training, aligned with the UK Researcher Development Framework, which is designed to help you develop the specific skills needed for effective research as well as transferable skills to enhance your employability. The full programme, is available on our website.


The Researcher Development Programme (RDP) supports you at all stages of the PhD journey, with specific events for new starters, mid stage and final stage PGRs. There are workshops on project planning, information management, speed reading, personal effectiveness, presenting and writing your research, and the viva, among other topics. There are also weekly ‘Just Write!’ writing sessions every Friday to give you time and space to focus exclusively on writing away from distractions.

RDP Workshops are led by experienced research support staff from the Graduate School, the Library, Careers, and the Leadership and Development Foundation. In addition there are sessions run by a range of external professional facilitators and visiting speakers. Workshops are open to postgraduate researchers in all faculties and disciplines, and staff are welcome to attend too.

In addition to this, there are plenty of opportunities to put your skills into practice by presenting at research cafes, showcases and taking part in competitions such as the Three Minute Thesis. In 2017 we will also be introducing some filming opportunities linked with training in media and filming skills.

Follow the LJMU PGR Development twitter feed for the latest information on training, events, resources and discussions around researcher development.

Have an idea for an event we aren’t already running? Then get in touch with Victoria Sheppard, the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Coordinator. Either email Victoria, call 0151 9046478 or visit the Graduate School on the 1st floor of the Aquinas Building, off Maryland Street.